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Jannie Taylor

Jannie Taylor
San Luis Obispo, California

JT_thumb.jpgMy fascination with textiles and handweaving began in the heady 1970’s and has only increased in the intervening years. From the beginning I have been intrigued with the interplay of color, structure and fiber available only to the handweaver. Sitting at my loom, throwing the shuttle and watching the amazing process of threads being interlaced into a textile that began as an idea in my head is still, after all these years, a joyful and amazing experience.

At some point in my weaving career I was inspired to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with other weavers. That decision has proven to be most satisfactory. I now teach advanced weaving classes at the AVL Weaving School and structure based workshops for guilds and conferences including Convergence 2008 and the upcoming Convergence 2010.

My philosophy as a teacher is to meet each student at their own level and help them achieve their goals in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. I use the proven educational techniques of demonstration, guided practice and review to help each student learn and retain as much as possible. My goal is to provide weavers with the tools they need to turn their ideas into woven reality.

Lucinda Grisham

Lucinda Grisham
Chico, California

lucindagrisham.jpgLucinda has been weaving for over thirty-five years. Her first love was tapestry and she had apprentice work was with Geraldine True, at the Berkeley Tapestry Works. Her professional experience includes fabric weaving for clothing designers in Northern California and developing/marketing/weaving a line of flat woven rugs. Lucinda has owned Production Dobby and Professional Dobby Rug Looms and employed a crew of weavers in both the US and Central America.

Alice Schlein

Alice Schlein
Greenville, South Carolina

aliceschlein.jpgA self-taught weaver for the past 40 years, Alice weaves in her South Carolina studio on a 40-shaft AVL dobby loom and a TC-1 (jacquard). She has taught at numerous schools and conferences, including The Penland School and at Convergence (biennial conference of Handweavers Guild of America) and Complex Weavers Seminars. Her work has been exhibited widely.

She is a former contributing editor of Weavers magazine, the author of Network Drafting—an Introduction and co-author (with Bhakti Ziek) of The Woven Pixel—Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop®

For more on this renowned weaving instructor and weaver, please visit her website.


Sandy Fisher

Sandy Fisher
Chico, California

sandyFisher.jpgSandy has been weaving on AVL looms and making a living as a weaver since 1981. She is passionate about weaving. To Sandy, "weaving is visual music" in which the AVL loom is the instrument, "each thread is set up in rhythmic pattern on the loom, the weft creates the music, and the product becomes the score".

Sandy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 from California State University, Chico. In 1980, she studied with Russell Gurney Weavers in Turriff, Scotland, When Sandy returned to Chico, she established The Flying Shuttle Weaving Studio/Sandy Fisher Woven. Sandy has shown her work in exhibitions and galleries, and her weavings have won awards in Niche and Handwoven magazines. Her line of fine home furnishings, tablecloths, and bath towels are marketed nationwide."


Sue Luna

Sue Luna
Forest Ranch, California

sueluna.jpgSue Luna is well known around AVL, having been a weaver and AVL customer for over 25 years. In her vast background, Sue has assembled and maintained her own hand and industrial looms, designed and produced her own line of scarves for major retail outlets, and even worked on the AVL loom production line!

When attending her classes, you will notice a real attention to the details that get you to production quality weaving. And when not teaching, Sue still finds time to produce a scarf or blanket on one of her many AVL looms.